Thursday, November 20, 2008
PRAY FOR KONGO
To me the word missionary is synonymously with the person Ingeborg Eikeland. She was sent from the little Pentecost Church Salem in my birth town Sauda out to Belgian Congo in 1956.A top scholar. Straight A's and a Master degree in languages. For 52 years she has served Kongo with all her heart and mind. First she built a primary school, then school for teachers. She cooperated with the UN the establish a university. Now the circle is finsihed. She's back teaching in highschool in Bukavu, 140 kilometers south of Goma. Four times she's had to flee the country, first time in 1961, then in 67 and twice in the ninties.
I remember her visiting our Sunday School telling about cruelties one never had heard of. I remember the peace following her. And unselfish love.
Now she is the only foreign person left in Bukavu. She has established two shelters for raped women.The cruelest way of waging war ; against innocent civilians.
"I will not leave until my Congolese superior order me to," she said the other day on telephone.
The suffering and need are beyond imaginations.
"I do not worry for myself, I know I'm living on grace-time."
My prayer to the Pilgrim Pals; please pray for missionary Ingeborg, pray for her church, her school, her abused women. Pray for peace and justice for Congo.